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OFFICIAL LE GRAND SOIR KICK-OFF 2017

THE BIGGEST GRAND PRIX BIG NIGHT EVER

Social Gals and Gents, there are red carpets and then there are seriously VVVIP carpets, like the one rolled out with trademark elegance at the official 2017 F1 GP benefit event kickoff, Le Grand Soir held this year at MTL Grandé Studios with an anniversary-worthy ‘’Garden of Delights’’ theme.

While the carpet was indeed fabulously Hollywood-worthy, snapping wildly at mega influencers like new Formula 1 chair CHASE CAREY, things settled down considerably during cocktails, where A-listers reveled in the culinary creations of masters like ANTONIO PARK, and in anticipation of the rest of the eve, which, FYI, was dripping in dazzle&details like over-the-top performances; the auction of an ART ROTONDO-designed helmet autographed by drivers; themed eats by the Fairmont Queen E.; and most importantly, sizeable funds raised for the eve’s beneficiary, the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Not surprisingly, high profile guests were besotted. ‘COURSE THEY WERE!!

Congrats to the Octane Racing Group magicians /dream realizers responsible for the evening, not to mention the production of all of F1Grand Prix! Mountain-moving Octane Racing Group chief / F1 Grand Prix du Canada president / CEO FRANCIS DUMONTIER, and his heavenly team including bionic SANDRINE GARNEAU-LE BEL, outdid themselves. BRAVO!  

 Photography KAREL CHLADEK, with first five photos courtesy of OCTANE RACING GROUP.  

 

SHAKING THINGS UP FOR #F1GP50!  Montreal mega-mayor DENIS CODERRE and Octane Racing Group chief / F1 Grand Prix CEO FRANÇOIS DUMONTIER mark the 50th.

SHAKING THINGS UP FOR #F1GP50! Montreal mega-mayor DENIS CODERRE and Octane Racing Group chief / F1 Grand Prix CEO FRANÇOIS DUMONTIER mark the 50th.

STAGE COMES ALIVE!

STAGE COMES ALIVE!

RED HOT: Mercedes AMG Petronas driver VALTTERI BOTTAS flanked by hostesses.

RED HOT: Mercedes AMG Petronas driver VALTTERI BOTTAS flanked by hostesses.

GRAND ENTRANCE! Octane Racing Group chief / F1 Grand Prix CEO FRANÇOIS DUMONTIER on the red carpet.

GRAND ENTRANCE! Octane Racing Group chief / F1 Grand Prix CEO FRANÇOIS DUMONTIER on the red carpet.

THAT KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT!

THAT KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT!

DREAM TEAM: MELANIE CHARBONNEAU, Quebec tourism ceo YVES LALUMIERE, CHARLENE VILLENEUVE, Octane racing chief and F1 GP president / CEO FRANCOIS DUMONTIER, MARC SAVARD, EVE PAIO.

DREAM TEAM: MELANIE CHARBONNEAU, Montreal tourism CEO YVES LALUMIERE, CHARLENE VILLENEUVE, Octane racing chief and F1 GP president / CEO FRANCOIS DUMONTIER, MARC SAVARD, EVE PAIO.

$ SHOT! Montreal Mayor DENIS CODERRE, F1 CEO CHASE CAREY, Grand Prix Du Canada CEO/Octane Chief FRANCIS DUMONTIER.

$ SHOT! Montreal Mayor DENIS CODERRE, F1 CEO CHASE CAREY, Grand Prix Du Canada CEO/Octane Chief FRANCIS DUMONTIER.

GEARING UP! Ritz-Carlton Montreal tops ANDREW TORRIANI, wife ARLENE TORRIANI.

GEARING UP FOR GP! Ritz-Carlton Montreal tops ANDREW TORRIANI, wife ARLENE TORRIANI.

PRETTY PAIRS: CAE CEO MARC PARENT, Social Orra COO LYDIA MOREYNA, STEPHANE LEFEBVRE, MELANIE LABOISSIERE.

PRETTY PAIRS: CAE CEO MARC PARENT, Social Orra COO LYDIA MOREYNA, STEPHANE LEFEBVRE, MELANIE LABOISSIERE.

FAMILY TIME: Daze's IOHANN MARTIN, wife and Breast Cancer Foundation spokesperson, wife MITSOU GELINAS, her cuz.

FAMILY TIME: Dazmo’s  IOHANN MARTIN, wife and Breast Cancer Foundation spokesperson, wife MITSOU GELINAS, and their cuz NADIA BOTTERI.

TOO HOT FOR THIS SITE: ANNA GALCHENYUK, LIVIA DAYAN, BRITTANY SHILLER, SARAH WELCH.

TOO HOT FOR THIS PAGE: ANNA GALCHENYUK, BRITTANY SHILLER, SARAH WELCH, LIVIA DAYAN.

POWER SHOT: ENTREPRISES DANIÈLE HENKEL’s  DANIÈLE HENKEL, love MARK TEITELBAUM.

POWER SHOT: ENTREPRISES DANIÈLE HENKEL’s DANIÈLE HENKEL, love MARK TEITELBAUM.

HOT X 4: ANDREW LAPIERRE, JULIE DU PAGE, VALERIE ZAMUNER, ALEXANDRE L’HEUREUX.

HOT X 4: ANDREW LAPIERRE, JULIE DU PAGE, VALERIE ZAMUNER, ALEXANDRE L’HEUREUX.

FROCKING IT: JULIE DU PAGE.

FROCKING IT: JULIE DU PAGE.

ELEGANTLY EXPECTANT: Artist ANDRE MONET, wife JOANNE VRAKAS.

ELEGANTLY EXPECTANT: Artist ANDRE MONET, wife JOANNE VRAKAS.

MEGA FAB MEDIA GALS: JULIE DU PAGE, JOANNE VRAKAS.

MEGA FAB MEDIA GALS: JULIE DU PAGE, JOANNE VRAKAS.

LOOKING THE PART(Y):  MATHIEU LECLAIR, FRANCIS BOISVERT.

LOOKING THE PART(Y):
MATHIEU LECLAIR, FRANCIS BOISVERT.

MODELS PEEPS: ROMY GINGRAS , bro WILLIAM PRICE in DUBUC.

MODEL PEEPS: ROMY GINGRAS , bro WILLIAM PRICE in DUBUC.

MODEL PEEPS, ROUND 2.

MODEL PEEPS, ROUND 2.

SNUGGLEHONEYS: Bank of Montreal bigwig GREGOIRE BAILLARGEON, wife NATHALIE FORCIER.

SNUGGLEHONEYS: Bank of Montreal bigwig GREGOIRE BAILLARGEON, stunning wife NATHALIE FORCIER.

DESIGN DUO: PELLEGRINO CASTRONOVO, wife PATTY CASTRONOVO.

DESIGN DUO: PELLEGRINO CASTRONOVO, wife PATTY CASTRONOVO.

HOTTIE MUM N DAD: NICOLAS DUVERNOIS in HUGO BOSS,  KAROLYNE AUGER in M0851, BERCEAU.

HOTTIE MUM ‘N DAD: NICOLAS DUVERNOIS in HUGO BOSS,
KAROLYNE AUGER in M0851, BERCEAU.

SO GORGE:  MVP GROUP’S SIMON ARSENAULT, VALERIE NAUD.

SO GORGE: VALERIE NAUD, MVP GROUP’S SIMON ARSENAULT.

BEAUTIES X 3: VANESSA MIREAULT, NADIA BOTTERI, JULILEA.

BEAUTIES X 3: VANESSA MIREAULT, NADIA BOTTERI, JULILEA.

NADIA BOTTERI

FAIRMONT FAB! Catering chief ARMANDO ARRUDA shows off the goods!

FAIRMONT FAB! Catering chief ARMANDO ARRUDA shows off the goods!

GARDEN OF STYLE: PATRICIA CLAUDE in PINCO, FREDERIC PERRAULT in MATINIQUE.

GARDEN OF STYLE: PATRICIA CLAUDE in PINCO, FREDERIC PERRAULT in MATINIQUE.

BIG SMILES ON A BIG NIGHT: AN-LAP VO-DIGNARD, Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, GEORGES ETIENNE.

BIG SMILES ON A BIG NIGHT: AN-LAP VO-DIGNARD, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, GEORGES ETIENNE.

LIKE WOW: Dulcedo star ERYK LAFRAMBOISE.

LIKE WOW: Dulcedo star ERYK LAFRAMBOISE.

MODEL MOMENT: Dulcedo star ERYK LAFRAMBOISE, Diary's JENN CAMPBELL.

MODEL MOMENT: Dulcedo star ERYK LAFRAMBOISE, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL.

LOVE. THIS. SQUAD.

LOVE. THIS. SQUAD.

LE GRAND SOIR COCKTAIL CROWD HEATS UP!

LE GRAND SOIR COCKTAIL HEATS UP!

LOOK WHO WE FOUND: GROUPE PARK AVENUE'S NORMAN E. HÉBERT JR., DIARY'S JENN CAMPBELL.

LOOK WHO WE FOUND: GROUPE PARK AVENUE’S NORMAN E. HÉBERT JR., Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL.

LOVE THESE TWO: VEE THAKRAR, NALIE AGUSTIN in HOUSE OF SB.

LOVE THESE TWO: VEE THAKRAR, NALIE AGUSTIN in HOUSE OF SB.

LUCKY ME: VEE THAKRAR, Diary's JEN CAMPBELL, NALIE AGUSTIN in HOUSE OF SB.

LUCKY ME: VEE THAKRAR, Diary’s JEN CAMPBELL, NALIE AGUSTIN in HOUSE OF SB.

THAT'S A GOOD ONE! LOL!

THAT’S A GOOD ONE! LOL!

CUDDLE CORNER: ALYSSON GENDRON, MAX PARROT.

CUDDLE CORNER: ALYSSON GENDRON, MAX PARROT.

HOSTESSES GUARD HELMUT: An Art Rotondo-designed helmet autographed by drivers was a fabulous touch!

HOSTESSES GUARD HELMUT: An Art Rotondo-designed helmet autographed by drivers was a fabulous touch!

COCKTAIL SCENE EARLY VIEW.

COCKTAIL SCENE EARLY VIEW.

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK.

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK. (ROUND 1)

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK.

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK. (ROUND 2)

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK.

PARKTASTIC APPS COURTESY OF THE MASTER ANTONIO PARK. (ROUND 3)

SARTORIALLY SAVVY: TD VP EMMANUEL LE FORESTIER in ARMANI, BRIONI.

SARTORIALLY SAVVY: TD VP EMMANUEL LE FORESTIER in ARMANI, BRIONI.

TD TALK! Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, TD VP EMMANUEL LE FORESTIER in ARMANI, BRIONI.

TD TALK! Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, TD VP EMMANUEL LE FORESTIER in ARMANI, BRIONI.

STYLE SPOTLIGHT ON: JESSIKA DUFOUR.

STYLE SPOTLIGHT ON: JESSIKA DUFOUR.

FERRARI + BUBBLES. WHAT COULD BE BAD?

FERRARI + BUBBLES. WHAT COULD BE BAD?

SNAPPED TABLESIDE: PETER MAMMAS, ALEXANDRE DAIGLE.

SNAPPED TABLESIDE: PETER MAMMAS, ALEXANDRE DAIGLE.

GODDESS TIME: JESSIKA DUFOUR and company.

GODDESS TIME: JESSIKA DUFOUR and company.

LE GRAND COCKTAIL!

LE GRAND COCKTAIL!

PARTY PRINCESS: NATHALY THIBAULT in SHERRI HILL, CHANEL.

PARTY PRINCESS: NATHALY THIBAULT in SHERRI HILL, CHANEL.

SELFIE SNAP.

SELFIE SNAP.

RED HOT GREETING!

RED HOT GREETING!

RED CARPET WOW: MOE TAWIL, JESSIKA DUFOUR.

TAPIS WOW: MOE TAWIL, JESSIKA DUFOUR.

DJ ON PAUSE. ;)

DJ ON PAUSE. ;)